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Sorry to hear this is happening. Was his episode of ataxia something that resolved? or something he has suffered with continuously the last 2 years?
Is it possible Laddie got ahold of something he shouldn't such as prescription or recreational meds?
No, no meds around.
Are there any mushrooms growing in your yard? Would he be one to eat something like that outside?
He doesn't actually eat very well, because he doesn't have many teeth either.
How about the ataxia? Was it something he got well from 2 years back, or has it been ongoing?
It has been ongoing.
He has just had a large bowel movement on the floor. My husband is taking him outside
Was the BM runny or unusual in any way?
It's possible he is suffering from stomach discomfort and just feels it coming on. He may vomit and have the runs tonight
That could be - he has always had extreme discomfort in his lower belly
You can offer him a bland diet tomorrow such as cooked white rice and cottage cheese mixed together
Okay - I have to do the hamburger rice thing on a regular basis for him -- but this agitation is something new
You can even give him a pepcid ac to settle his stomach
Good idea. We have some from another episode (not this severe though)
With the history of ataxia, he might be progressing toward something like a seizure..... maybe I'm totally off base, but if the agitation is new ..... sometimes they can sense an oncoming seizure
If this happens, or if anything more than diarrhea occurs, you might want to consider a trip to the emergency clinic
I was beginning to think it was something neurological - and thank you for your response - we'll call our regular vet tomorrow, and in the meantime - cottage cheese, rice, and pepid ac
You are welcome. Hopefully this helped. Do you have any other questions?
No, I'm good. Thank you!
I rated you as "Excellent Service" - in fact the dog vomited quite a bit, had the runs, then was fine after that. So you were right on the money when you thought it was an intestinal problem.